A trapped pilot had to be pulled from his aircraft after crashing in front of stunned spectators at Abingdon Air and Country Show on Sunday.
The annual flying extravaganza was halted shortly after 2.30pm when Twister – a single-seat aerobatic plane – developed a malfunction and was forced to make an emergency landing.
Eye witness John State said: “It seems the wing got caught on the ground so he crash landed and bounced a few times.”
Paul Beaver, of the flying control committee, said: “The pilot was extracted by the emergency services and is now recovering in hospital. We have no idea of the cause.”
A number of ambulances, fire crews and police attended and the show was given the go-ahead to resume just after 4pm. No one on the ground was injured.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is investigating.
Mr Beaver said the Twister “does displays all over the country and is a well-known and well-loved act”.
The show had begun in familiar jovial fashion.
Hundreds admired the showcase of engines and valuable collectors’ items that included anything from restored and rare planes of the 1930s to old steam engines and classic cars.
Carl, a plane aficionado who was there to fly a restored dH90 Dragonfly, said: “We’re very lucky to have her. The 1930s was the golden age of flying.”
Steve Monk, one of the private owners of a Chipmunk built in 1952, attended the event for the second time.
He said: “Air shows have become difficult with all the regulations, but it’s working out well.”
Bill Geddes, from Salsbury, who spent three years building a steam engine after teaching himself how to put it together piece by piece, said: “I started building steam engines back in the 1960s.
“I spent most of my life lorry driving but I had an interest in steam and I never lost that. It’s something I like to do. It’s completely mad really.”
Pat Walsh, from Sutton Courtenay, is also a self-taught restorer of steam engines, despite not having a background in engineering.
He said: “I’ve been building engines since the 1970s. If you have a hobby you need to put time into it.”
The Abingdon rock choir and the Abingdon morris dancers were also there to perform and entertain the crowds ahead of the air display.